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Houghton Surname Project


The Houghton/Haughton Surname

This is a genealogical site attempting to gather and distribute information on the descendants and ancestors of all the Houghton/ Haughton individuals and families who have immigrated to the United States from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and other countries.

It is also the largest world wide site for comparing Houghton lines from any country.


The Houghton Surname Project©

The Houghton/Haughton Surname in the United States


The Houghton Surname Project is a genealogical research site dedicated to the Houghton/Haughton surname in the United States and to Houghton DNA lines throughout the world. It is an attempt to gather and distribute information on the descendants of Ralph and John Houghton of Lancaster, Massachusetts, John Houghton of New Jersey, and all Houghton/Haughton lines, who have immigrated to the United States. I am updating John Wesley Houghton's 1912 Houghton Genealogy for future publication.

The Houghton Project database currently has 91,205 Houghton/Haughton individualsand their descendants (90,883 Houghton and 8564 Haughton surname individuals). If you are a Houghton or a Haughton descendant, please consider contributing your ancestry or descendancy. Any data submitted to the Houghton Project will be cited to the contributor in the final publication and the contributor will be noted on the website. If you need help with your Houghton/Haughton research, please contact me:

Email Dr. Charles J. Vella  (click on the name)

Send any Houghton/Haughton descendancy data you want to contribute to the Houghton Project (I can use Gedcom, TMG, FTM, PAF, Word/WordPerfect/Dos Text formats) to the above email address or use the input method below. I use The Master Genealogist V. 8 as my genealogy program.

Please use the following citation if you use data from this site: "Houghton Surname Project, compiled by Charles J. Vella, PhD"

Genealogical Proof in the Current Houghton Database

I have been collecting this Houghton data for the last 19 years. I have fairly solid genealogical evidence (vital records, etc.) for the first 7 generations of the early Houghton families, mostly prior to 1850.  Much of the Houghton data after 1850 is census based, or contributed by a living Houghton. All source citations for any Houghton listed in the database are available for those who contact me. I have also included every Houghton reference I have ever discovered in 19 years of research in the hope that others may use the data to help solve some of their ongoing research into the Houghton surname. I have had many contributors who have sent Houghton data, at times without citations or proof. Including everything, which has been my practice, obviously opens the door to an increase in invalid data. Remember that second hand genealogical data is not genealogical proof. This constitutes a warning to all Houghton researchers using some of the later data, without asking for my citations. Having said this, I believe that this database is the single most exhaustive research compilation of American Houghton genealogical data and Houghton DNA data available anywhere.


The Current Work:

I am currently compiling all Houghton/Haughton surname references in all of the U.S. Censuses:

All current Censuses are  completed for Houghton, Hoghten and Houghten surnames : 1790 to 1930

Completed censuses for Haughton surname: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880

Completed 1940 Census: MA, NY

Current work: 1940 Census

Still to Do:  Haughton surname in US Censuses: 1900-1940, SSDI





Houghtons in the US Census 1790-1930

Houghton Surname in US Census
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Houghton Bibliography: Sources and Census Data

Bibliography and Sources for the Houghton Surname Project
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If a source is cited in the bibliography, then all the data in that source
 is currently in the Houghton Surname Project databast. As an example, all of the information in
John Wesley Houghton's
1912 Houghton Genealogy is included in the database.



The Houghtons of Lancaster MA and the Hoghton Tower Hoghtons

The Theory of a Connection of the American Houghtons to the Hoghtons of Hoghton Tower of Preston, England
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Conclusion: Despite many historical theories, there is no current genealogically valid evidence for any known English ancestry for either John Houghton or Ralph Houghton of Lancaster, MA. 

Anyone claiming such a connection is invited to send such evidence.


 


The Early Houghtons

The Earliest Houghton Immigrants to America

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A listing of the earliest Houghton/Haughton immigrants to America



The History of Houghton/Haughton Research

A History of Houghton Research
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A brief listing of all prior Houghton researchers


Houghton Documents in the Possession of Dr. Charles J. Vella

Houghton Documents
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I will research anything in these documents if requested.


Join the world wide Houghton/Haughton DNA Database


The Houghton/Haughton DNA Project
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FamilyTree DNA

Current Volunteer Count: Forty-four  Contributors

There are currently fifteen separate Houghton/Haughton lines: 1 Ralph Houghton, 2 John Houghton
(via both sons Robert, Jonas and John), 3 John Houghton of NJ, 4 Elijah Houghton of VA, 5 Thomas Houghton of England, 6 Matthew Houghton of England, 7 Frederic S. Houghton of Norwich,  8 William Guy Houghton of England, 9 Robert Houghton of England, 10 John Houghton of Australia, 11 Charles W. Houghton of England, 12
Frederick B. Houghton of Canada lines, and 13 Richard Haughton of England, 14 Alfred Haughton of England, 15 Joseph Haughton of Ireland lines

We still need many more male Houghton/Haughton  surname volunteers to definitively prove this.

Please consider volunteering.

Houghton DNA Project: Current Results
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There is now evidence that Ralph Houghton of Lancaster MA, John Houghton of Lancaster MA, John Houghton of NJ , Elijah Houghton of VA, Thomas Houghton of England, and Matthew Houghton of  England did not share a common ancestor and, therefore, are not related.

We now have 15 separate Houghton/Haughton lines confirmed by DNA:
1 Ralph and 2 John Houghton of MA, 3 John Houghton of NJ, 4 Elijah Houghton of VA, in the USA. 5 Thomas Houghton of England, 6 Matthew Houghton of England, 7 Frederic S. Houghton of Norwich, England, 8 William Guy Houghton of England, 9 Robert Houghton of England, 10 John Houghton of Australia, 11 Charles W. Houghton of England,  12 Frederich B. Houghton of Canada; and 3 Haughton lines: 13 Richard Haughton,  14 Alfred Haughton, and 15 Joseph Haughton of Ireland

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Jeffrey Haughton has started a Haughton DNA Surname Project.

His site: DNAHeritage: Haughton Surname

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Unknown Houghton Photographs

Please help identify these unknown Houghton photographs:

Unknown Houghton Photos

Unknown Houghton: cousin of Joel Houghton b. 1792, Putney VT



       Houghton Database Indexes

The following Houghton genealogical indexes include all of the known descendants of Ralph and John Houghton of Lancaster, MA and of John Houghton of New Jersey (representing half of the individuals in the Houghton Surname Project Database). My private Houghton Database contains substantially more data (with pictures, census data, bibliographies, and extensive source citations) than the Birth, Marriage, and Death information given on this website. There are 91205 Houghton descendants in the database ( with 90883 Houghton surname individuals, 2387 immigrant Houghtons, and 25,389 descendants of as yet unconnected/orphan Houghton individuals, and 8564 Haughton surname individuals).

Major Houghton genealogies (descendants are marked by colored icons in the actual Surname Index) included:

 Ralph Houghton of Lancaster MA descendants  (17,517 descendants)

 John Houghton of Lancaster MA descendants  (23,470)

 John Houghton of New Jersey descendants (1992)

 Elijah Houghton of Virginia descendants (2000)

    Thomas Houghten of England and MI (846)

    Richard Houghton of England and MI (601)

 Foreign born Houghtons and descendants (6804) (2387 separate descendancy lines)

    English born Houghton lines (478 separate lines)

    Irish born Houghton lines (213 separate lines)

 Haughton surname descendants (3925)

    Alfred Haughton of England (970)

    Richard Haughton of England and CT (607)

    African American Houghton and Haughtons (892)

    American Indian Houghtons (79)

Double clicking on any surname in blue in any index will transfer you to their descendants or ancestors.

Master Index

Surname Index

Master Place Index

Notable Houghtons

Houghtons in 1790-1930 Census

Contributors to the Houghton Project

Houghtons in the Military

African American Houghtons

Slave Holding Houghtons

Native American Houghtons

 


 

Search the Houghton Database

 

Search for any name in the Houghton Database (names in quotes are more specifically searched).
Once a page is found, double clicking on a blue highlighted name takes you to that name.

 

 
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Submission of New Information to Houghton Surname Project

 

Submit New Houghton Data (click on this last phrase)

 

If you have any new Houghton data to contribute to the Houghton Project or if you discover any information that you believe to be in error, please click the above phrase.
If you discover any duplicate individuals, please let me know.

Privacy Policy: Any data that you submit will be published unless you state otherwise. It is assumed that permission from living people has been granted if you submit their data.  Much more data is available in my private Houghton database. If you want to remove any living individual in the online Houghton Project, simply let me know. Contact me: 

Email Dr. Charles J. Vella  (click on the name)


Houghton Surname Web Links

Genforum Houghton site

Genforum Haughton site

Genforum Hooten site

Genforum Hooton site

Haughton.net

LDS Family Search

Derl Wayne Houghton site

William W. Houghton site

Rose Houghton VanNoy Houghton site

Mark Ellsworth Hickman's Houghton site

Christopher Houghten's Houghten site

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Hoghton Tower in Preston England site

Haughton Tower in Northumberland site

Houghton Family (English)

John Houghton Family (English)

1869 Report to Houghton Association

1897 History and Genealogy of Houghton Family by David A. Keizer

1912 Houghton Genealogy by John Wesley Houghton MD (Electronic Version courtesy of Ralph Houghton)

1953 Descendants of Capt. William Houghton and Marilla Clay

Massachusetts Vital Records Project (Houghton Surname)

Birth, Marriage and Death Register of Lancaster, Massachusetts,1643-1850, ed. Henry S. Nourse  (Electronic Version)

Birth, Marriage and Death Register of Lancaster, Massachusetts,1643-1850, ed. Henry S. Nourse  (Google Real Copy Version)


Here's how to subscribe to Houghton List Server on Rootsweb: Send a message to

HOUGHTON-L-request@rootsweb.com

that contains (in the Body of the Message) the command "subscribe" and no additional text (if you have difficulty removing your signature lines, you can put the word "quit" on the line after "subscribe").

You will receive a Welcome message providing full details for sending messages to this group.


Compiler: Charles J. Vella, PhD

 

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